Australian Open_ Heather Watson knocked out in qualifying for 2023 event

Heather Watson was the highest-profile British casualty in Australian Open qualifying after shedding to Aliona Bolsova in her first-round match.

British No 5 Watson was defeated 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 by her Spanish opponent and her compatriots Sonay Kartal and Paul Jubb additionally fell to disappointing ends in Melbourne.

Kartal took America’s Elizabeth Mandlik to a decider after preventing again within the second set earlier than falling 6-4 3-6 6-1.

Jubb’s match in opposition to Dalibor Svrcina of the Czech Republic adopted the same sample after he compelled a decider solely to finally succumb 6-3 1-6 6-4.

Watson was damaged in her first service sport to fall behind however hit again within the eighth sport of the opening set to power a tiebreak.

Nevertheless, Bolsova received 4 factors in a row to go 6-2 up and closed out the set on the third alternative after a backhand error from the Brit.

Watson responded properly with a break within the opening sport of the second set, however didn’t take two sport factors as she was damaged again instantly.

Bolsova broke once more for a 4-2 lead, and regardless of the Brit displaying loads of grit in trying to interrupt again after which forcing her opponent to serve out, she succumbed to defeat in an hour and 47 minutes.

Draper by, Evans & Edmund out in Adelaide

Dan Evans was knocked out of the Adelaide Worldwide 2 however his fellow Briton Jack Draper was extra profitable in his opening match of the event.

Evans, the No 5 seed, was overwhelmed 7-5 7-5 by American opponent Mackenzie McDonald.

British No 2 Evans was eclipsed by 21-year-old Draper, who dispatched Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego 6-4 6-2.

Picture: Jack Draper is thru to the second spherical in Adelaide

Kyle Edmund was additionally knocked out, shedding 6-4 7-5 to Serbian sixth-seed Miomir Kecmanovic.

The Adelaide Worldwide 2 is the second of consecutive ATP 250 tournaments staged within the metropolis with Novak Djokovic profitable the primary instalment on Sunday.

Within the ladies’s draw, Danielle Collins, runner-up ultimately yr’s Australian Open, indicated she may be set for one more run deep into the yr’s first Grand Slam with a 6-2 6-4 win over Karolina Pliskova.

The American, additionally a semi-finalist at Melbourne Park in 2019, set off at a canter and led 5-0 earlier than the Czech former world No 1 lastly discovered a few of her as soon as formidable sport and rallied to interrupt again.

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Nevertheless, Collins, seeded tenth, wouldn’t be knocked off beam, and transformed her fifth set level to take the opening stanza earlier than breaking Pliskova twice within the second to seal the victory.

Earlier, former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova gave a reminder of her high quality when she beat the present holder of the All England Membership title Elena Rybakina 6-3 7-5 to proceed her profitable begin within the new season.

The 2019 Australian Open finalist rode a rock-solid serve and earned all three of the break factors within the contest, changing two to arrange a second-round conflict with American Shelby Rogers or China’s Qinwen Zheng.